Mongolian Section of IBBY

Attn. Ms Sunjidmaa Jamba

P.O. Box 421

Ulaanbaatar 2106-46

Tel [int. +976] 99 10 04 30

Fax [int. +976] 11 32 60 69

E-mail: sunjidmaajgmail.LÖ


Executive Director

Ms Sunjidmaa Jamba

(address of the section)


Liaison Officer

Ms Bulgan Tsolmonbaatar

E-mail: bulgantsyahoo.LÖ

(address of the section)


Bookbird Correspondent

Ms Sunjidmaa Jamba

(address of the section)



History of the Mongolian Section of IBBY

The Mongolian children’s writer Dashdondog Jamba, first heard about IBBY in the 1960s. Later, after he met Richard Bamberger, Lucia Binder, Zorka Persic and Walter Scherf from IBBY, he approached the Mongolian Government institutions many times to ask for their support so that Mongolia could become a member of IBBY. But he had no success for many years because of the simple reason that there was a conflict of ideological understanding. In those years, the Government considered that institutions like IBBY that were founded in the capitalist system could not be useful for young people in communist countries such as Mongolia.

In the 1990s, when the communist system had collapsed in Eastern Europe and Mongolia and a democratic system was put in its place, there was a great opportunity to raise again issue of Mongolia’s membership in IBBY.

In 1991 Dashdondog Jamba held a fellowship at the International Youth Library (IJB) in Munich and became well informed about IBBY. In 1998 when he was the chairperson of the Mongolian National Children’s Writers’ Center he established a local branch of the Mongolian National Section. After its foundation, Sunjidmaa Jamba visited Austria and Germany including the IJB in Munich and met many people including Leena Maissen, former Executive Director of IBBY and learnt more about IBBY's activities.

Upon her return she actively promoted Mongolia’s official membership to IBBY and submitted a membership application to the IBBY Executive Committee. In April 2005 the EC at their board meeting in Bologna accepted the application and authorized Mongolia’s membership in IBBY. Sunjidmaa Jamba works as President and Executive Director of the Mongolian IBBY section, based in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia.

Activities in short

The Mongolian section of IBBY (MBBY) has organized different promotion activities for children’s literature and reading in Mongolia since its initial establishment in 1998.

MBBY cooperates closely with children’s writers, illustrators, publishers, and librarians, translators of children’s book, teachers and parents, many of which are members of the section.

Over the past few years MBBY has published 108 picture books – Mongolian national fairy tales and stories written by modern authors. These books, together with other children’s books, have been read by hundreds of children in rural as well as urban area of Mongolia thanks to the mobile library that was initiated and is run by Mr Dashdondog.

The Mobile Library received the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award in 2006.

Every year the section organizes different activities and events for the Anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen, and celebrates International Children’s Book Day. In 2005-2006 we organized a TV-book event for the 200 anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen. The programme was voted by the public as the best TV programme!

We have also created award that called “Wise at book” for children who read and likes books.

Joint activities with IBBY

In September 2006, Anne Pellowski, former EC member of IBBY, visited Mongolia and met the MBBY team. This was first visit from central IBBY in Mongolia. Along with her meetings with the MBBY team, she conducted a workshop on How to create cloth books for over 40 local librarians and teachers. This was an excellent training that attracted, and was appreciated very much by, local participants. Some participants, together with MBBY, organized further training for rural librarians and teachers using materials given by Anne and their newly learned knowledge.

The second seminar for illustrators of children’s book with co-funding by the IBBY-Yamada Fund, will be held in September 2007. The workshop leader will be artist Beatriz Vidal who not only has rich experience in conducting such training in many countries, but is famous for her creative works as an illustrator.

The main objective of the workshop is to attract and encourage local illustrators. Currently the quality of illustrations in local children's books is not sufficient for the further development of Mongolian’s children’s literature. At the same time, MBBY wants help local illustrators achieve a higher quality of work by offering them the chance of training.